Starting at Loreto

When is enrolment at Loreto for 2021-2022?

On GCSE results day (12th August) you can complete the online enrolment stage. You will then attend a course advice enrolment appointment on one of the following dates:

Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th or Friday 27th August 2021

You will receive a letter this summer with your enrolment date. If you are unable to attend on this date, do not worry, you still have your place. Just let us know and we can arrange an alternative date to complete your enrolment

If I don’t get the grades I need for the subjects I want to study, will I lose my place at Loreto?

No, you still have your place at Loreto College. If your results aren’t quite what you hoped for, you can discuss your course options with our team of course advisors during enrolment.

Do I have to come into college to enrol or can I do it online?

Although you can do some of the enrolment process online, you will still have to complete the process in person. You will receive a letter which outlines when you should come in and what time. You’ll also get to meet your Head of Hall.

Can I do a BTEC or vocational course with A Levels?

Yes, you can study one of our one A Level equivalent courses alongside your A Levels.

Are you still offering all the courses listed on your website?

Yes, we are. We are now offering Applied Business now too.

Can I change what A Levels I want to do during enrolment?

Yes, you can discuss this with your course advisor.

Do you already have our GCSE results?

No, you will need to bring proof of your GCSE results with you when
you enrol.

Apart from my GCSE results, do I have to bring anything else with me when I enrol?

Please make sure you bring your enrolment letter and a pen with you. If you are enrolling on to any of the art courses, don’t forget to bring some of your work with you.

Will my Music audition still take place during enrolment?

Yes. You will be able to perform a piece of your choice.

What GCSE Maths grade do I need to study Maths at A Level?

Preferably a Grade 7, but a Grade 6 is acceptable

What course should I do if I want to do Midwifery? BTEC or A Levels?

We have students who have progressed on to Midwifery courses by doing A Levels and others that have completed the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care course, which is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. You could even do both, as the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is equivalent to one A Level. Read about these courses here on our website.

Can we do AS Levels at Loreto?

We do not offer AS levels at Loreto. We do offer the EPQ which is equivalent to an AS level and can be studied alongside 3 A Levels.

Can I study 4 A Levels?

You can discuss this at enrolment, but most students pick 3 A Levels and some also complete an EPQ.

When can I apply for the EPQ course?

There is plenty of time to apply. The EPQ course starts towards the end of your Lower Sixth year and is completed in Upper Sixth. As this is an additional qualification requiring significant commitment, EPQs are recommended to students who, in agreement with their subject teachers and Head of Hall, have achieved strong academic success during their first year of study.

Can we choose any EPQ course, or does it have to be connected to what we want to do in the future?

No, it doesn’t have to be related to a subject you are currently studying.

Will one to one music lessons still be taking place?

Under current Government guidelines on music tuition and performing arts, one to one instrumental tuition can still go ahead.

When do we get our timetables?

You’ll be given your timetable after enrolment, before classes begin in September.

Can I re-sit my GCSEs at Loreto?

We only offer GCSE re-sits in English Language and Maths to students who have not achieved a Grade 4 or higher. This is a Government requirement. In this exceptional year, there will be an opportunity to resit GCSE exams in November 2020, but that is something you will need to discuss with your school.

I’ve been offered a place at more than one college, what should I do?

The decision is entirely yours to make. Take your time to make up your mind; discuss it with family, trusted friends and college staff. You have to make the right decision for yourself and no one is in a better position to do that than you.

Where do I apply for my bus pass? Is OurPass still available? What about college buses?

For all up to date information about buses, tickets and passes, visit Transport for Greater Manchester

Life at College

Should I have done some studying during the summer holidays in preparation for my A Level course?

No, but any work you have done will only be to your benefit. If you are looking to do some prep work, you’ll find study sheets on each of the subjects we offer on our website.

Do I have to hand in any preparation work I’ve done to my teachers?

No, but it would be good to file any of the prep work that you have done, as you may want to reference it while you’re at Loreto.

I haven’t done much school work since March because of Lockdown, will I be able to catch up?

Remember everyone is in the same situation. Loreto has a long history of supporting and guiding our students to academic success. You are in good hands. Our experienced teaching and support staff will always be on hand to help.

Are we put into sets for our subjects like at school?

No.

Are halls the same as forms or tutor groups?

The tutor groups are very similar to forms in high school. Here the tutor groups sit within one of 12 halls.

Will we be having online Zoom classes?

Unless Government guidelines change, all classes will be taking place on campus. If at any point we have to engage in online/remote teaching, we will use Microsoft Teams.

What time does College start and finish?

College starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm. However, depending on your term time (and if Government guidelines are changed), these times may differ.

Will you still be offering extra curriculum activities this year?

Yes, We have performing arts, music performances, Debate Club, sports and lots more!

Is there a dress code at Loreto?

No, Loreto celebrates individuality and diversity. However, we do insist that hoods are not worn inside any of the College buildings.

Will there still be a College musical this year?

We are planning to do Sister Act the musical in December 2021 as well as a host of other performance opportunities. We are experienced in streaming performances if we need to.

How often do you have Parents’ Evenings?

We hold them twice a year.

Can we buy our lunch at College or do we have to bring our own?

There are 3 food outlets on campus where you can buy your lunch or you can bring your own.

Are textbooks provided or do we have to buy our own?

College will provide you with textbooks.

Do I need to bring my own stationery (paper, pens etc.)?

Yes, although we will provide you with an A4 lever arch file for each of your subjects.

What software do you use at Loreto?

We use Office 365 throughout the campus, but certain departments use specialist software like: Sibelius (Music Dept) and Final Cut Pro and Edit Share (Media Dept).

Is there free Wi-Fi available at College?

Yes.

How long are the lessons?

Each subject has around 4hrs 40minutes of lesson time, which is divided into two ‘doubles’ with breaks. You will have two ‘doubles’ per week of each subject.

Can I be given extra time in exams?

If you require any exam access arrangements, you will need to book an appointment with our Academic Support Team first.

How many students are there at Loreto?

There are 3500 students in total

How many students are there in a class?

Around 22 students.

Do you help students apply to university?

Yes, we do. At Loreto we support all our students whatever they decide to do next: go to university, apply for an apprenticeship or get a full time job. We will help you to write your personal statements and fill in application forms. We have a fantastic careers team who provide one-to-one support, arrange
opportunities for you to meet with HE providers and potential employers.

Will you help me get into Oxford or Cambridge and/or a place on a Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary Science degree course?

We have a dedicated team of staff who are highly experienced in supporting students through the rigorous application process required to secure a place on these extremely competitive courses and at selective institutions. We are very proud of our high success rate. You can discuss this in more depth at enrolment. You’ll also find more info on our website.

I’m thinking of getting a part time job while I’m at College. Is this a good idea?

Although having a part time job is a good way of gaining excellent skills, you have to remember that you are now be a full-time student and you’ll be very busy with your studies, which should really take priority. Research shows that working part-time for more than 8 hours a week can result in lower grades. It’s all about balance.

Does Loreto College have a place where I can pray?

Yes, we do have dedicated spaces for prayer.

Will I be able to have access to lessons and worksheets online?

Yes. Loreto uses myLoreto, a specially designed system where you can access all departmental resources as well as upload your work directly to the mark book.

I have an EHCP, will I get any support at College?

The support we will give you will be based on your individual need.

Can anyone help me if I’m struggling with my studies?

Of course, your subject teachers and tutors are always there to help you should you need it. We also have Academic Support staff who run the Success Programme, to help students develop the skills needed to succeed at college, focusing on such things as study skills, metacognition and organisation. You can find more information on Loreto’s academic support on the website.

I get anxious and stressed at times, is there anyone at college who I can talk to about it?

Yes, we have Mental Health First Aid trained staff and counsellors available to offer support. Loreto College is also affiliated to a number of external agencies who can offer help and advice too.

COVID - 19

Will college be open in September?

Yes, following current Government guidance Loreto College will
reopen fully in September.

What COVID-19 measures have college put in place to reduce the risk of transmission?

Loreto College has been working very hard to make sure students and staff feel safe when they return in September. We have planned for a range of possible scenarios should there be any swift changes made to the Government guidelines.